Three ISIL Suspects Detained In Istanbul

hhhThree suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were detained in Istanbul on March 22 following intelligence received by police concerning a planned attack targeting German institutions and schools in the city.

Intelligence and counter-terrorism police units elaborated on the recent terror intelligence which led to the closure of the German consulate in Istanbul and Deutsche Schule Istanbul last week.

Three suspects, Muhammet Nas along with Iraqi İbrahim Ghanem Alshalawey and Syrian Ali Al Faraç, were detained in a joint operation with Turkish and German intelligence units for allegedly planning attacks on German institutions and schools in the city.

The suspects were taken to the anti-terror branch directorate on Istanbul’s Vatan Street, while security procedures were ongoing.

The German Foreign Office had closed down the German embassy and the German consulate in Istanbul on March 17 and March 18, along with a German school in Ankara and Deutsche Schule Istanbul, over terror concerns.

Five people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a suicide bomb attack on March 19 in central Istanbul, on the busy İstiklal Avenue in Taksim.

The German Embassy in Ankara and the German Consulate in Istanbul remained closed for a second day over the threat of a possible attack.